Ugly confrontation after decision to chop figs

Tonight’s Newcastle City Council meeting ended with a decision to chop the trees, allegations of assault and attempts to prevent councillors from leaving the building.

Councillors voted seven to four against a motion for a State Government-backed assessment of the fig trees.

An ugly confrontation broke out immediately after the meeting, when councillors who voted against the assessment attempted to leave the council chambers.

A large number of protesters, who reacted angrily to the vote, aggressively attempted to block a group of councillors and council staff members from leaving.

A woman fell to the ground and police were investigating allegations she was assaulted.

FULL REPORT in tomorrow's Herald

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